Halloween was just full of surprises and creative costumes this year at lynda.com! Here are just a few of our many valued employees, incognito:
We are very proud that Lynda was honored last night by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) with the 2009 Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award. Lynda was honored for her “contribution to education of technologies and practitioners in the field of media production, in particular, as a pioneer in online education through creation of the website lynda.com which provides affordable, interactive training programs for film, television, sound, and web production.”
The purpose of the award is to honor the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions, which lead to new or unique educational programs utilizing motion pictures, television, high-speed and instrumentation photography or other photography sciences. The award recognizes developments in equipment, systems, or instructional applications, which result in advancing the educational process at any or all levels.
The lynda.com URL is going on 15 years old, and we’ve been through a lot of iterations and adventures. We’re putting together a history section on lynda.com that documents our path from our humble beginnings to where we are today. Do you have a story about how lynda.com has impacted your life? Pictures of you with past books, classes with Lynda or Bruce, events, Flashforward, etc? Were you a member of Lynda’s early web designer mailing list? Send your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to share!
No one can accuse me of all work and no play this past weekend, as I attended a special Hello Kitty artist signing called the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal/T in Culver City, CA with my friend, fellow Hello Kitty fan, and former colleague Kymberlee Weil of introNetworks. Above is a collage of some of the day’s highlights, me getting a signature by ‘Kitty Mama’ Yuko Yamaguchi (Hello Kitty head designer visiting from Tokyo) and Kymberlee with Tokidoki creator, and lynda.com Creative Inspirations subject Simone Legno — at the launch of the exclusive tokidoki for Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary collection.
We saw an amazing art show, curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop in Los Angeles, JAPAN LA. Contemporary artists and Hello Kitty fans including Gary Baseman, Ron English, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Luke Chueh, Deph, and Yosuke Ueno are just a few of the 80+ amazing artists that have created Hello Kitty one-of-a kind artworks on display.
I bought some super cute Tokidoki Hello Kitty items, and got inspiration for my Halloween costume where I plan to channel a nerdy Hello Kitty.
You may know that you can add to a selection in Photoshop by pressing the Shift key. But you can also press keys to subtract and find an intersection. Better yet, these tricks apply to layers, channels, and paths. They’re a power user’s dream, and in this week’s episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows us how to best use them.
Derrick Story is at it again! He is bound and determined to make us better photographers, and his new series of Photo Assignment courses really do give us all an opportunity to strut our stuff.
The latest in his series is the new course, Photo Assignment: Backlit Portraits, Derrick show us how to achieve really interesting effects in a typically unintuitive shooting style—backlit. Check out his new courses, and then join me in posting pictures to his latest Flickr group, where we can all learn from each other.
Have fun shooting and see you all on Flickr.
Professional photographer, instructor at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and lynda.com author Chris Orwig was just interviewed about his new book, Visual Poetry on the Frederick Van blog. If you don’t know much about Chris, then you have a lot of great digital photography courses to watch on lynda.com!
Check out the interview with Chris on the Frederick Van blog.
To see more of Chris’s photography, check out his web portfolio.